Laungi Bhuiyan, a man in Bihar, spent 30 years single-handedly building a canal so rainwater could reach the fields in his village.
The village’s name is Kothilawa – it is situated in Lahthua, Gaya in the state of Bihar. Forests and mountains surround the village of Kothilwa, a marked refuge for Maoists. People of the village, like the rest of Gaya, rely on farming and animal husbandry for their livelihood. However, for farmers, the rainy season can be frustrating. Despite the rainfall, the water from mountains flows into the river and people often need to walk to it to get water for their farms.
30 years on a 3 km canal – will benefit entire village
Thus, Bhuiyan decided to build a canal that would allow the water to directly irrigate the fields. Although many villagers left and travelled to find jobs in cities, Bhuiyan continued digging to finish the canal. 30 years later, he stands successful.
For the last 30 years, I would go to the nearby jungle to tend my cattle and dig out the canal. No one joined me in this endeavour.Laungi Bhuiyan
Bhuiyan believes that the 30 years he spent building the canal in Bihar will not be in vain. Another local, Patti Manjhi, praised his work as well, and said that the water from the canal will also help with animals. Moreover, the canal will help the whole village, not just Bhuiyan.
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